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2017 Best of Nevada

20th Annual Readers’ Survey

In the July/August 1998 issue, the Best of Nevada contest was born with a whopping 31 categories. Best revue, lounge act, and hotel reservation service were among the choices readers voted on that year, but today most folks wouldn’t even know what a hotel reservation service was (hint: It wasn’t Google). We did, however, grab a few of the categories from that first contest for our 20th survey, plus we added a few new ones, just for fun.

We had thousands of votes this year as folks voted for their favorites in the north, south, and everywhere else. We had a number of repeat winners—people are loyal to their choices!—but we got some fun new winners, too.

  Thanks as always to our incredible readers who voted; this contest is nothing without you. And to the winners we say congratulations! Your hard work has paid off.

The 2018 Best of Nevada survey will be posted in March next year on nevadamagazine.com, be sure to remind your friends and family to vote for their favorite businesses and attractions!

This year’s winners are …

SHOW

North: Rock of Ages, Eldorado, Reno

South: Marriage Can Be Murder, The D, Las Vegas

Rural: Bath Tub Races, Ely

BUFFET

North: Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille/Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno

South: Bacchanal/Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Rural: Rum Jungle Buffet/Casino Fandango, Carson City

Casino Fandango. ©Kippy S. Spilker

CASINO

North: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno

South: Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Las Vegas

Rural: Casino Fandango, Carson City

HOTEL/RESORT

North: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno

South: Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino, Las Vegas

Rural: Aquarius Casino Resort, Laughlin

FRIENDLIEST TOWN

North: Reno

South: Henderson

Rural: Carson City

GOLF

North: Lakeridge Golf Course, Reno

South: Angel Park Golf Club, Las Vegas

Rural: Genoa Lakes Golf Club & Resort, Genoa

Suzanne Jordan

BREWERY/DISTILLERY

North: Great Basin Brewing Company, Sparks

South: PT’s Brewing Company, Las Vegas

Rural: Frey Ranch Estate Distillery, Fallon

SPECIAL EVENT

North: Hot August Nights, Reno

South: Pahrump Grape Stomp, Pahrump

Rural: Nevada Northern Railway Polar Express, Ely

Lake Tahoe. ©Kippy S. Spilker

PHOTO SPOT

First: Lake Tahoe

Second: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Third: Valley of Fire State Park

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

First: Hiking

Second: Anything at Lake Tahoe

Third: Visiting Great Basin National Park

Café at Adele’s. ©Kippy S. Spilker

RESTAURANT

North: Cactus Creek Prime Steakhouse/Bonanza Casino, Reno

South: Symphony’s/Pahrump Valley Winery, Pahrump

Rural: Café At Adele’s, Carson City

BEST PLACE TO TAKE KIDS

North: Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum, Reno

South: Springs Preserve, Las Vegas

Rural: Carson City Children’s Museum, Carson City

Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum. ©Kippy S. Spilker

MUSEUM

North: Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum, Reno

South: The Mob Museum, Las Vegas

Rural: Nevada Northern Railway, Ely

WEDDING CHAPEL

North: Chapel Of The Bells, Reno

South: Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas

Rural: Aquarius Casino Resort, Laughlin

NIGHTCLUB/BAR

North: Lex Nightclub, Grand Sierra Resort, Reno

South: SG Bar, Las Vegas

Rural: Splash/Aquarius Casino Resort, Laughlin

BURGER

North: Little Nugget Diner, Reno

South: Bachi Burger, Las Vegas

Rural: Café Aquarius/Aquarius Casino Resort, Laughlin

David John And The Comstock Cowboys. ©Kippy S. Spilker

LOUNGE ACT/ENTERTAINER

North: Justin Impossible

South: Adam London

Rural: David John And The Comstock Cowboys

SPA

North: Spa Atlantis/Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno

South: The Spa Red Rock/Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Las Vegas

Rural: 1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort, Genoa

Pahrump Valley Winery

WINERY

North: Tahoe Ridge Winery

South: Pahrump Valley Winery

Rural: Churchill Vineyards, Fallon

DOG PARK

North: Rancho San Rafael Regional Dog Park, Reno

South: The Hydrant Club, Las Vegas

Rural: Fuji Dog Park, Carson City

Rancho San Rafael Regional Dog Park. ©Guy Clifton

HIGH SCHOOL

North: Reno High School, Reno

South: Bishop Gorman Catholic High School, Las Vegas

Rural: Carson High School, Carson City

FOOD FESTIVAL

North: Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, Sparks

South: Las Vegas Greek Food Festival, Las Vegas

Rural: Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, Virginia City

Thunderbird Lake Tahoe. ©Megg Mueller

TOURS

North: Thunderbird Lake Tahoe Tours/Lake Tahoe

South: Maverick Tours, Las Vegas

Rural: Nevada Northern Railway, Ely   

Kei Sushi. ©Kippy S. Spilker

SUSHI

North: Sky Terrace Sushi Bar/Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno

South: Hiroba Sushi, Las Vegas

Rural: Kei Sushi, Carson City

Purple Avocado. ©Kippy S. Spilker

PLACE TO SHOP

North: The Summit, Reno

South: Downtown Summerlin, Las Vegas

Rural: The Purple Avocado, Carson City

Congratulations to Bob Lilienthal for being the lucky winner of a deluxe northern vacation package from the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno!

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